In the nineteenth century in Lancashire, England there was a common superstition regarding New Year's Day. If a light haired man, or any female, was the first to enter the house that morning it would bring bad luck all year long. There developed then a custom of dark haired men going form house to house to bring good luck, where they were often presented with small gifts. In some homes no one would open the door for the first time on New Year's Day until they were certain that the person on the other side was a bringer of good luck not bad. As Christians we do not believe in luck. We do believe in grace, and providence and a God who blesses us every day of every year.
-Robert Shannon, Preaching July/August 1999